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    his question really hits home for me as a former

    his question really hits home for me as a former actor. I know what a challenge it can be for actors to be handed an emotional scene and then—sometimes with very little time to prepare—have to come up with a believable result. But it's also what separates ...

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    Chamber Theatre's Wright Aiming to Put Things Right

    When Montgomery Davis stepped down as artistic director of the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, he hoped the company's board of directors would choose a young successor.

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    Self-Starter

    "Opening night. The house is sold out.... The show goes remarkably well, and I am happy. People get it. Above all, I feel that I have worked to make it work, and the work on the stage feels wonderful. I am physically and technically free...and I am happy."

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    Good News!

    "Good News!," presented by Downey Civic Light Opera at the Downey Theatre, 8435 E. Firestone Blvd., Downey. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m. Oct. 7-23. $15-35. (562) 923-1714.

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    The story of a young man who knows he will find

    The story of a young man who knows he will find happiness in nothingness is not unfamiliar. Diogenes attempted it. So did the Transcendentalists. But as with so many traditional tales, the art is in the telling. And auteur Sean Penn's version, based on the Jon Krakauer book of ...

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    Reports: Jet Li Escapes Maldives Flooding

    Jet Li injured his foot as he protected his daughter from tsunami waves that flooded his hotel in the Maldives, Hong Kong newspapers reported Tuesday.

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    'Break-Up' Writers Fashion 'Tux'

    Jeremy Garelick and Jay Lavender, the screenwriters behind "The Break-Up," will make their directorial debut on "The Golden Tux."

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    League of Chicago Theatres Launches "Theater Thursdays"

    The League of Chicago Theatres has announced the launch of Theater Thursdays, a citywide promotion designed to make Thursday night "the" night for younger audiences.

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    Building an Empire

    At age 13, Christian Bale did what most actors spend their lives hoping to achieve: He won the lead in a Steven Spielberg movie. Now, 17 years later, one is astonished at the gravitas Bale maintained in scenes opposite seasoned co-stars John Malkovich and Miranda Richardson.

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    Age Wonder, Message Blunder

    I am booking many auditions for the 17- 25-year-old age range, which is wonderful. The problem is that I am 37 years old. How do I handle this? Isn't acting all about being able to portray a certain image?